A 132-night cruise around the world sold out in under 3 hours – see what it will be like aboard the ship

Seven Seas Mariner docked in Kotor, Montenegro
The Seven Seas Mariner in Kotor, Montenegro.

  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 132-night 2024 World Cruise sold out in under three hours.
  • Its the third year in a row the world cruise has broken Regent Seven Sea’s “world cruise opening day booking record.”
  • Take a look at what the cruising experience will be like.
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Does over 100 nights at sea sound appealing to you after over a year of being stuck at home?

the Seven Seas Mariner in water
The Seven Seas Mariner.

If the answer is yes, you’re not alone.

a cruise ship in tuscany
Tuscany, Italy.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ 132-night 2024 World Cruise just sold out in under three hours.

pool chairs on the rail deck
The rail deck.

Bookings for the luxury cruise opened on July 14 at 8:30 AM.

a photo of Barcelona with tourists walking around
Barcelona, Spain.

By around 11:00 AM, the sailing had been completely booked out.

the cruise ship in Mo'orea
Mo’orea, French Polynesia.

This is the third year in a row the world cruise has broken Regent Seven Seas’ “world cruise opening day booking record,” according to a press release.

Seven Seas Mariner in Santorini, Greece's water
The Seven Seas Mariner in Santorini, Greece.

Source: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Plus, the waitlist is “longer than [Regent Seven Seas] has ever experienced,” Jason Montague, president and CEO of the cruise line, said in the press release.

Seven Seas Mariner in Alaska
The Seven Seas Mariner in Alaska.

The cruise line also saw a boost in bookings from first-time Regent Seven Seas guests looking to sail in more expensive suites.

a photo of Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy.

Tickets start at almost $73,500 per person in a Deluxe Veranda Suite …

a bed with a living room and patio in the concierge suite
The Deluxe Veranda Suite

… but this price goes up to almost $200,000 per person for a stay in the Master Suite.

the living and dining room of the master suite
The Master Suite.

Let’s take a look at what makes the 132-night sailing so appealing to cruise goers despite being three years out.

Seven Seas Mariner in Santorini, Greece's water
The Seven Seas Mariner in Santorini, Greece.

The 2024 world cruise lives up to its name. It’ll sail from Miami to Central America, the US’ West Coast, Hawaii, the South Pacific Islands …

A photo of a cruise ship at Fiji
Fiji.

… Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and Bermuda, back to Miami.

Seven Seas Mariner docked in Kotor, Montenegro
The Seven Seas Mariner in Kotor, Montenegro.

The entire 34,500 nautical-mile – about 39,700 miles – journey will take about five months …

the Seven Seas Mariner in water
The Seven Seas Mariner.

… and will begin on January 6, 2024 aboard the Seven Seas Mariner cruise ship.

A map of the world cruise's path
The world cruise map.

In total, the ship will hit 66 ports across 31 countries and four continents.

Seven Seas Mariner in Santorini, Greece's water
The Seven Seas Mariner in Santorini, Greece.

This includes visits to 61 UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Australia’s Gondwana Rainforests and Italy’s Medici Villas and Gardens …

a cruise ship in Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia.

… and a journey through the Panama Canal and Suez Canal.

a Barcelona market stand fresh produce
A Barcelona market.

The Seven Seas Mariner ship is the “world’s first all-suite, all-balcony luxury cruise ship,” according to Regent Seven Seas.

a bed with a living room and patio in the concierge suite
The Concierge Suite.

Source: Regent Seven Seas

Overall, the Seven Seas Mariner can accommodate 700 guests and 445 crew members.

Seven Seas Mariner in Santorini, Greece's water
The Seven Seas Mariner in Santorini, Greece.

Wealthier guests staying in the Master Suite (the almost $200,000 ticket, that is) will ride out the journey in a 2,002 square-feet suite that has luxurious features like a crystal chandelier and a private butler.

the living and dining room of the master suite
The Master Suite.

The suite will also have two bedrooms and balconies, two and a half bathrooms, and a shared living room.

a living room and patio in the grand suite room
The Grand Suite.

Hungry for a fine dining dinner? Head to one of Seven Seas Mariners’ four restaurants, which include a steakhouse, an Italian eatery, and French establishment.

Prime 7 Steakhouse entrance
The Prime 7 Steakhouse.

But if you’re in the mood for a more casual night, you can grab dinner at the Pool Grill …

umbrellas and pool chairs on the pool deck
The pool deck.

… or hang around one of the four bars and lounges.

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A coffee shop aboard the Seven Seas Mariner.

And don’t forget about the classic cruise ship amenities, like a pool, sports deck ….

the sports deck with a gold course
The sports deck.

… library, and coffee shop.

a library with seating
The Library aboard the Seven Seas Mariner

“For our guests, the 2024 World Cruise represents so much more than just a cruise vacation – it’s a return to a normality,” Montague said.

Seven Seas Mariner in Alaska
The Seven Seas Mariner in Alaska.

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2 people tested positive for COVID-19 on a cruise ship which operators boasted was 95% vaccinated

Celebrity Millennium
The Celebrity Millennium in 2013.

  • Two passengers on the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship tested positive for coronavirus.
  • The operator said before launch that at least 95% of passengers would be vaccinated.
  • The passengers are asymptomatic and isolated from others, the operator said.
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Two people on a cruise ship tested positive for COVID-19, even after operators said it would only sail with at least 95% of people on board vaccinated.

The Royal Caribbean Group said in a statement on Thursday that two passengers sharing a room on the Celebrity Millennium ship tested positive during “required end-of-cruise testing.”

It said: “The individuals are asymptomatic and currently in isolation and being monitored by our medical team. We are conducting contact tracing, expediting testing for all close contacts and closely monitoring the situation.”

Celebrity Cruises, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Group, said when the ship launched on June 5 that it would travel with “a vaccinated crew and at least 95% vaccinated guests.”

It is not clear whether the passengers who tested positive had been vaccinated. It is possible, though rare, to contract COVID-19 even after vaccination.

In a Thursday statement, the Royal Caribbean Group said: “Celebrity Millennium is sailing with fully vaccinated crew and guests and following comprehensive protocols that align with our destination partners and exceed CDC guidelines to protect the health and safety of our guests.”

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Royal Caribbean is building the new world’s largest cruise ship – see the Wonder of the Sea

Wonder of the Seas cruise ship Royal Caribbean
The Wonder of the Seas.

  • Royal Caribbean’s upcoming Wonder of the Seas will be the world’s largest cruise ship.
  • The ship will begin sailing from Shanghai and Hong Kong beginning March 2022.
  • Take a look at the ship, which is under construction in France and will have eight “neighborhoods” once completed.
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Royal Caribbean’s new Wonder of the Seas cruise ship will begin sailing from China in March 2022.

The construction of the ship was first announced in 2019 as the fifth boat in Royal Caribbean’s “Oasis” lineup, which consists of the world’s biggest cruise ships. However, this latest addition to the family will be larger than its four predecessor, and will have the prestigious title as the “world’s largest cruise ship,” according to Royal Caribbean.

Keep scrolling to see the Wonder of the Seas, which will hopefully debut during better times:

The Wonder of the Seas ship was originally set to embark from Shanghai in 2021, but its initial debut was delayed due to the COVID-19, USA Today reported.

Wonder of the Seas cruise ship Royal Caribbean
Construction on the Wonder of the Seas at the outfitting dock in the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France on September 5.

Source: USA Today

Now, the cruise ship will be setting sail in March 2022 from Shanghai and Hong Kong, and will shuttle passengers to famous Asian destinations like Taipei, Tokyo, and Chan May, Vietnam.

worlds biggest cruise ship Wonder of the Seas royal caribbean
The Wonder of the Seas.

“By introducing Wonder of the Seas and the iconic Oasis Class to China, our strong commitment to the market’s growth is reaffirmed yet again for years to come,” Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said in a press release.

worlds biggest cruise ship Wonder of the Seas royal caribbean
The Wonder of the Seas.

Source: Royal Caribbean

In total, the Wonder of the Seas will be 1,188 feet long, 215 feet wide, and 236,857 tons. All of this will hold the 18 decks and 2,867 staterooms, which will be able to accommodate 6,988 passengers.

Wonder of the Seas cruise ship Royal Caribbean
Construction on the Wonder of the Seas at the outfitting dock in the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France on September 5.

The cruise ship will have eight “neighborhoods” with different features and amenities.

Wonder of the Seas cruise ship Royal Caribbean
The Wonder of the Seas.

This includes the “Central Park” neighborhood filled with plants, restaurants, and shopping and the “Boardwalk” that has activities like rock-climbing, carousel, and an AquaTheater for water shows.

Wonder of the Seas cruise ship Royal Caribbean
The keel of the Wonder of the Seas being lowered into the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France to begin construction in 2019.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

Like any ship, the Wonder of the Seas will also have a “Pool and Sports Zone” neighborhood with amenities like an 82-foot zip line, mini-golf, a 10-story water slide. But if you’re more interested in shows or karaoke, you can head to the “Entertainment Place” instead.

Wonder of the Seas cruise ship Royal Caribbean
Construction on the Wonder of the Seas at the outfitting dock in the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France on September 5.

The “Royal Promenade” neighborhood will be home to shopping, food, music, and entertainment, while the “Vitality Spa and Fitness Center” will offer the opportunity for a quick workout or some rest and relaxation.

Wonder of the Seas cruise ship Royal Caribbean
Construction on the Wonder of the Seas at the outfitting dock in the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France on September 5.

Like most family-friendly cruise ships, the Wonder of the Seas will also have a “Youth Zone” for infants up to teenagers. But the last zone, the “Suite Neighborhood” – with a private deck, lounge, and eateries – will only be available to guests staying in suites.

Wonder of the Seas cruise ship Royal Caribbean
Construction on the Wonder of the Seas at the outfitting dock in the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France on September 5.

If all of this sounds appealing to you, Royal Caribbean is now accepting bookings for its Wonder of the Seas sailings.

Wonder of the Seas cruise ship Royal Caribbean
Construction on the Wonder of the Seas at the outfitting dock in the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in France on September 5.

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